SDCI customer service areas remain closed until further notice and continue offering services online. King County has approval from the State Department of Health to allow all private construction activities that are low-risk and adhere to strict COVID 19 Job site Requirements. The City of Seattle has issued requirements for construction projects seeking inspections. The City WILL NOT INSPECT any site that does not follow these requirements.
Summary: This Tip summarizes our authority relating to seriously deteriorated or dangerous buildings. In general, it is not illegal for a building to be left vacant as long as it complies with the City’s minimum standards for vacant buildings. See Tip 601, Unsafe and Vacant Buildings: SDCI's Inspection Program/SFD's Inspection Program, for more information about regulations affecting vacant buildings. For seriously deteriorated buildings, however, we may go through a process to declare the building “unfit for human habitation or other use” and require the owner to repair or demolish the building.
Date Revised: 01/15/2020